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Writing Short Stories for Money: Series, Sales and Reviews

Writing Short Stories for Money: Series, Sales and Reviews

Thinking about writing short stories?

A new author asked me about writing short stories and self publishing on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. We had a long chat; it was fun. I hope it helped. Some questions came up which writers often ask, so let’s look at them.

1. “I Started a Series, I’m Bored. Do I Have to Continue It?”

No! Start something else. You need to be able to write with some pleasure, otherwise you won’t do it. You may get fresh inspiration within a month or two for your series, after you’ve written other material. Or you may not get back to the series for years.

Nothing you write is ever wasted. I grabbed a short story I got bored with a couple of years ago, and used much of it for another project. You’ll use the material sooner or later, if you keep writing.

Get excited about what you’re writing. Then it won’t seem like work.

This kind of question often relates to erotica, which some writers can write brilliantly. Others can’t. Or they can, but they can’t write in “edgy” sub-genres, which make the most money. Erotica abounds in sub-genres which skate close to the line. “Monster” erotica used to sell well, then Amazon and other retailers lowered the boom on it.

If you’re pushing yourself to write something risky, and are blocking because you’re wondering whether Amazon will look at your ebook and send it back to draft, or whatever, start something new.

Keep writing. Write every day. I’m publishing my writing journal, so you can see that I just keep going.

Boredom is a warning. If your stories are boring you, they’ll bore readers too. 🙂

2. “Help! My Stories Aren’t Selling.”

Firstly, how many stories have you written? If you’ve written fewer than 30, keep going.

Next, read. Authors publish their ebooks as freebies. Download them, and read. Here’s Amazon’s Top 100 Free in Paranormal Romance, for example. Read widely.

You’re not reading to copy anyone. You’re reading to improve your writing, overall, by enhancing your command of language and by absorbing story structure. The best novelists and short story writers understand people too, so read the THE 50 BEST SHORT STORIES OF ALL TIME. You’ll find the stories in short story collections in your library. Older stories are available at Project Gutenberg – here’s Chekhov, for example. I regularly reread his: The Lady With the Dog, it’s wonderful.

Lastly, make some of your stories free. Christmas is coming up, so start writing some Christmas-themed stories now. Write as many as you like. Make at least one permanently free. Your freebie should help to sell your other stories.

3. “A Reviewer Said…”

Don’t read reviews, if you worry about what people say about your material. I recently coached a writer who panics over reviews. I suggested that he ask his wife to screen his reviews. She can then pass on anything she thinks will help him in his writing. We worked a little on his confidence too. 🙂

If you want opinions on your work, get some beta readers for your stories; make sure they’re people who read in your genre. Pay attention to what they say, because it will be useful.

Onward. Writing short stories is amazing for one simple reason: you can make money writing short stories. That hasn’t been possible for decades. If you love to write, write on. 🙂

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

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Why write serial fiction?

Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.

It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.

If you’re a new author, a serial serves to introduce you to readers. A reader may not be willing to commit to a novel by a new author, but be willing to read an episode of a serial.

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Short Fiction Secrets: How To Write And Sell Short Stories

Short Fiction Secrets: How To Write And Sell Short Stories

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Want to write short stories? If you answered yes, that's excellent… Here's why. Today, you can make money writing short fiction.

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Kindle Short Stories: Price and Length for Erotica?

Kindle Short Stories: Price and Length for Erotica?

Hmmm… this post’s title sounds kinky, but never mind. 🙂 Kindle Romance students were asking about pricing erotica, and length for erotica, because you can charge more for fewer words in that genre. So let’s look at pricing your Kindle short stories, if you’re writing erotica, or erotic romance.

A little tip about publishing erotica. You may be aware that last year many of the ebook retailers, including Amazon, took a big stick to erotica because some writers were pushing the envelope way too far. This kerfuffle was bigger than the PayPal erotica fiasco of the year before. So when you’re publishing your short stories, be careful with ecovers, titles and descriptions.

How Much Can You Charge for Short Stories in Erotica?

The consensus among writers (for now), seems to be that 99 cents is a rubbish price. Readers hate it, probably because so many got burned when everyone jumped on the 99 cent price point a couple of years ago. So for short material, charge $1.99 at a minimum.

Check to see what other writers are charging. Here’s Amazon’s Top 100 Erotica, paid and free. Look on the left hand sidebar, for the sub-genres of erotica. Do some searches yourself for “short story erotica”, and see what comes up, and how much authors are charging.

How Long Should Short Stories Be?

You can get away with VERY short stories in erotica. Most authors feel that if your stories are very short, Amazon and/ or readers can quibble. I’ve seen lots of short stories at 11 pages, which is around 2,500 words. My suggestion: stay over 3,000 words if you can, and you’ll be fine.

Some word counts for reference:

  • Short stories: under 10,000 words;
  • Novellas: up to 40,000 words;
  • Novels: over 40,000 words.

OK, have fun writing Kindle erotica. Join us on our Kindle Romances writing class.

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How to Be Clever

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Sometimes you come across an idea which is blindingly CLEVER, like this Facebook page.

I’ve written about the Piggyback Process, of which this page is a wonderful exemplar.

In this post, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Guest Post by Summer Daniels, the page’s creator says:

“Then at the end of April this year, I had an idea.  I think Melinda DuChamp recently said in her first guest post here that she was ‘not above riding on coattails.’  The same can be said of myself, although I had another ulterior motive as well.  My intent in setting up the What To Read After Fifty Shades of Grey page was to take advantage of the influx of new readers to the erotica genre and point them towards other talented authors (including myself).  Call it a matter of inspiration (or should that be sin-spiration?), good timing, good luck, etc. – whatever it was – the page has taken off.”

Clever, very clever. 🙂